Donna Butterworth, a former child star, died at the age of 62.
Donna Butterworth, a Golden Globe-nominated child star who worked with Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis, has died at the age of 62.
Butterworth died March 6 at a medical center in Hilo, Hawaii, due to an unknown illness, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Her death was made public on Tuesday.
Butterworth is known for her role in the 1966 film “Paradise, Hawaiian Style.” Butterworth was 10 years old when she co-starred along with the legendary Presley. She sang three songs in the film, including a duet with “the King”.
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Butterworth spoke with The Hollywood Reporter in 2015 and gushed about working with Presley, whom she called a ” great man.”
“Elvis was a great prof, but he was also a great man, because he is so comfortable with everyone,” Butterworth said. “He has always tried to be a lot of fun on the set. So, the four months that we all were together in Hawaii, and, of course, in the Paramount studios in Hollywood, he was just a great man.”
Donna Butterworth co-star alongside Elvis Presley and Jerry Lewis.
Butterworth was also known for her role in 1965 film “the Family Jewels”, which was written and directed by Lewis who also played the leading role in. Her role in the comedy led to a Golden Globe nomination for “Most Promising Newcomer.”
The actress learned to play the ukelele at a young age and performed with Hawaiian legend Don HO. She also appeared in various programs such as “The Andy Williams Show,” “The Dean Martin Show” and “the Danny Kay Show.” She also performed alongside Ron Howard in 1966 an episode of “Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color.”
After her performance with Howard, Butterworth left acting.
The actress said that she regretted not talking to Presley after his highly publicized concert “Aloha From Hawaii via Satellite.” Butterworth was at the famous concert.
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She remembered she was heartbroken after hearing the news of Presley’s death in 1977.
“My first instinct was to walk over to my closet and grab my notepad, and open it at the page where he and I were together,” she said. “Then I just cry.”
Later in her life, Butterworth was a professional singer, the Hawaii Tribune-Herald reported. She is survived by her mother and brother.